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Letters to Our Children/Grandchildren

At the Elder Sunday service on October 22, Elder Council member, Jim Brown, issued a “Call to Action”, under the theme of the service, “We were made for these times”.  In his call, he suggested that one thing we as parents and grandparents can do to offer a positive message to loved ones during these challenging times in our society is to write letters of hope and love to our children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren. In such a letter, we can convey powerful messages of support to younger family members or friends.  Words of hope, love and support can be very powerful when written from the heart, and they can be transformative, replacing uncertainty or fear with hope, conveying the values you want them to adopt and live by, and offering support for the positive actions they might take in their lives.

On behalf of the elders of our church, some with nearly 100 years of life experience, we, the members of the FCC Elder Council, encourage you to write a letter of hope, love and encouragement to one or more of the “next generation” members in your family—or to another young person you know.  We also ask you to sign the “Letters to Loved Ones” Pledge on the easel in the lobby of the church.  Doing so, we believe, will create a strong tide of love and encouragement to those who are following us on life’s journey and will empower them to help make a positive difference in their corner of the world.  Thank you for considering this brave and noble act of love for our families and our world.  “We were, indeed made for these times”, and we are called now to empower those who will follow us to lead lives that will help make the world a better place.  Please write this month to a younger person you love.  Perhaps arrange to have them receive your message at Thanksgiving, Christmas or as the New Year begins to inspire them to follow the path of hope, love and kindness that you pray will guide them on their journey.

The Wisdom Wall  

The members of the FCC Elder Council are honored to introduce the new FCC “Wisdom Wall”, which was unveiled for the first time on Elder Sunday, October 22. This project, led by Pastor Janet Scott, features photos and “words of wisdom” from church members who are age 90 or more. These elders, now in their 10th decade of life, have accumulated much wisdom along their life’s journey, and we wanted to capture some of that guidance in a way that would honor the lives they have lived and offer words to live by for those who wish to live similarly long and honorable lives. We encourage you to stop by the Wisdom Wall in the atrium, near the Fellowship Hall to visit these wise elders and to absorb a few words of wisdom you can carry with you on your journey out into the world.  Thank you to Suzanne Congdon and Pastor Janet for their work in creating this tribute to our wise elders.

What's Happening?

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